Travel / Tourism

UNWTO General Assembly renews commitment to sustainable, ethical and accessible tourism

Views - 36 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The 23rd Session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization concluded on 13 September in St. Petersburg, Russia after three days of debate and discussion which saw 117 countries reaffirm their commitment to making global tourism more

SriLankan Catering wins Gold award at CNCI awards

Views - 16 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

SriLankan Catering was presented with a National Gold award by Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) for its superior performance at the awards ceremony held recently. Speaker of Parliament Karu Jaysuriya who was the Chief Guest at the aw

SLITHM signs MOU with Ministry of Education

Views - 29 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education (MoE) recently to train 1,200 GCE (O/Level) students under the National 13-Year Guaranteed Education Program in

SLITHM signs Letter of Intent with TVEC

Views - 21 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Tertiary and Vocation Education Council (TVEC) to promote National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) among SLITHM students. Under this arrangemen

25 million members and still soaring Skywards

Views - 24 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:00

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty program for Emirates and flydubai, has touched a new high – 25 million members. Emirates Skywards is celebrating this key milestone with exciting offers and surprises for its members, starting 12 Septemb

Udawalawe Safari Village Hotel entices wildlife enthusiasts

Views - 48 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:00

Udawalawe Safari Village Hotel, celebrating its 28th anniversary, entices nature and wildlife enthusiasts to an enchanting holiday. Situated five kilometres away from the Udawalawe National Park, the hotel’s four-acre land has been naturally transf

Travel agents from UAE tour Sri Lanka

Views - 465 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:00

Explore the Wonders, a B2B wholesaler with its head office based in UAE and branch offices in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, undertook a travel agent familiarisation trip from UAE. It was organised in collaboration with the Consulate

Global tourism sees arrivals up 4% in H1 2019

Views - 50 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:00

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 4% from January to June 2019 when compared to the same period last year. Growth was led by the Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%). International

Ramayana Yatra in Sri Lanka

Views - 159 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

By Austin Fernando Ramayana episodes are spread all over the subcontinent, particularly in India and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka episode in the Ramayana is described as Yuddha Kanda or Lanka Kanda. The places associated with Lanka Kanda are of immens

‘Survival Guide for Tourists’ launched

Views - 157 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

A ‘Survival Guide for Tourists’ has been launched by the independent website for tourists The website, which is produced by Rocketeer Labs, a Sri Lankan media-tech company based in Colombo, is dedicated to promoting touri

SLCB concludes MICE/tourism training for Kandy hoteliers

Views - 109 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) in collaboration with the Kandy Regional Hoteliers Association under THASL organised a MICE/tourism training program for hoteliers in the Kandy region on Tuesday 10 September at Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy. The

Shanghai retains top spot for meetings and events in Asia Pacific in 2020

Views - 30 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

CWT M&E, the global meetings and events division of CWT, has unveiled its ranking of the top 10 cities for meetings and events in Asia Pacific (APAC), with Shanghai holding on to the coveted number one spot. The ranking is based on proprietary and in

SIXT to provide airport transfers for Etihad Airways passengers

Views - 22 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

SIXT has won a contract to provide airport transfers to Etihad Airways passengers globally. Etihad customers can now book the extra transfer service online for their flight via the airline’s website immediately after purchasing their airline ticket

Avis expands operations to Myanmar

Views - 22 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

Avis, one of the world’s leading car rental brands, has expanded operations to Myanmar. Avis Myanmar, located at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon, offers both short and long-term car rental solutions with self-drive and chauffeur-driven rentals available.

Emirates wins 3rd consecutive Best Entertainment award at 2020 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

Views - 15 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

Emirates clinched its third consecutive award for Best Entertainment at the 2020 Passenger Choice Awards held during the APEX EXPO in Los Angeles, USA on Monday. The airline was also given a ‘Five-Star Global Airline’ Official Airline Rating, the

SriLankan Airlines’ efforts to rebuild country’s tourism recognised at APEX awards

Views - 49 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines’ intensive efforts to drive the recovery of the island’s tourism industry in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attack were honoured with a global accolade – the ‘Best Marketing Innovation’ award from the Airline Passenge

CHSGA teams up with ANC to develop strategic leadership for tourism industry

Views - 37 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) entered into an agreement with American National College (ANC Education) with a view to upgrade the standards of the hospitality and tourism sectors in the country. The vehicle that would drive the in

Taj hosts Togo President

Views - 35 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

President of the Togolese Republic Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé Eyadéma was warmly welcomed by the Taj Samudra Colombo Hotel Manager Pulkesin Mohan last week during his visit to Sri Lanka.

SLITHM promoting internal customer service among Tourism Ministry employees

Views - 46 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

SLITM Chairman Dilip De Silva has initiated and conducted Customer Focused Service Quality training for over a 100 employees of the Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian and Religious Affairs Ministry. Participants were drawn from SLITHM Colomb

SLITHM promoting service quality training for tourism and hospitality industry at the highest level

Views - 41 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

Having successfully trained over 100 Tourism Ministry internal customers, SLITHM led by Chairman Dilip De Silva has ventured into the hotel industry to promote service quality among internal customers. The first Customer-Focused Service Quality progr

Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit to host investor forum to explore way forward

Views - 63 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

In celebration of World Tourism Day, Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit is set to be held on 23 September at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo under the theme ‘Challenges and Growth in the Face of Crisis’. One of the key highlights of this year’s event

Sri Lanka participates at OTDYKH/Leisure International Tourism Exhibition 2019 in Moscow

Views - 102 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), as in the previous years, in collaboration with Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow, Sri Lankan travel agents and tour companies participated in OTDYKH/ Leisure International Tourism E

THASL Chief welcomes World Surf League event in SL

Views - 68 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) Chairman Sanath Ukwatte welcomed the hosting of the World Surf League (WSL) 2019 Men’s Event in Sri Lanka from 25-29 September at Arugum Bay. “This is a major international sport event, Sri Lanka is hos

So Sri Lanka Pro 2019

Views - 108 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also referred to as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 is all set to be staged at the world-class point break of Arugam Bay from 25 to 29 September, with the participation of over 122 surfers from 24 nations. The Sri

SriLankan Airlines marks 40 years of soaring the skies

Views - 257 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, celebrated 40 years of operations, at Airline Centre, Katunayake recently. State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne was the Chief Guest of the occasion.

Sri Lanka Tourism on show in Stockholm for travel trade representatives and writers

Views - 44 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm, in partnership with Emirates and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sweden Chapter, organised an interactive session on Sri Lanka tourism for the Swedish travel companies and travel writers on 4 September at

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Luanda, Angola

Views - 22 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch flights to Luanda, starting 29 March 2020. The service, which Qatar Airways will operate up to five-times weekly to the capital and largest city of Angola, will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,

Malaysia starts charging departure levy on all flights leaving the country

Views - 34 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The Malaysian government has started charging a departure levy on flights departing Malaysia, effective 1 September 2019. For destinations within ASEAN, the departure levy is RM 8 for economy class and RM 50 for business class and business suites. Fo

“You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit”, British PM Johnson tells Parliament

Views - 33 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain’s departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divo

Newest addition to Theme Resorts & Spas family officially opens up for guests

Views - 111 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:37

Tea & Experience Factory, a fruit of the great vision of Chandra Wickramasinghe, the veteran hotelier and Chairman of Theme Resorts & Spas, was officially opened to the guests with the participation of several esteemed personnel in the tourism sector

Today's Columnists

State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.

Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer

Economy, business community and the Prime Minister

Friday, 20 September 2019

The speech made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2019 deserves very careful consideration by the country due to several reasons. This will no doubt be his last speech on economic policy to be

Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Friday, 20 September 2019

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm

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